Nov. 20 (Meslop) — Former Los Angeles Lakers heart Dwight Howard is signing a short-term contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

League sources instructed ESPN and The Athletic on Friday that Howard’s one-year deal is for the veteran minimal of $2.6 million.

Howard’s settlement with the 76ers was reported shortly after the eight-time All-Star choice indicated on social media that he was re-signing with the Lakers. Within the since-deleted tweet, the three-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr mentioned he was “staying proper the place I belong.”

“I am staying proper the place I belong. Laker Nation I like y’all. Purple and gold by no means will get outdated,” Howard wrote on Twitter.

Howard signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Lakers in August 2019. He got here off the bench in all however two of his 69 video games this previous season, averaging 7.5 factors, 7.three rebounds and 1.1 blocks per recreation.

The 34-year-old Howard performed even fewer minutes within the playoffs, however he managed to win his first NBA championship in his 16th season.

Howard, who is taken into account one of many biggest large males of his era, has averaged 16.7 factors, 12.three rebounds and 1.9 blocks per recreation in his NBA profession. He has performed for the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and Lakers.